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Cures For Lung Cancer
Surgery: All things considered, surgery gives the best results for cure. This is dependent on stage at the time of presentation, with earlier stage cancers more likely to be amenable to complete removal and potential cure. This may be in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation, either before or after surgery. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Bronchoalveolar has: The least tendency to metastasize (travel), but tantalizes surrgeons because it seems cured, and can pop up later. It has the best prognosis for surviving for 5 years, but it's because it commonly grows slowly not becuase doctors' interventions produce the desired effect. Also, new biologic markers (egfr) and mutations may indicate response to drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemo: If you mean how to best treat small cell lung cancer, depends on the stage. Most patients will get either chemo with chest radiation (limited) or chemo only (advanced). Small cell responds well to chemo as a rule but almost invariably relapses. In rare cases, a patient will have a nodule that after surgery is found to be small cell. Those folks will probably do the best if treated aggressively. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on stage: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfron therapy for stage i -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. For early stage lung cancer, surgery can often be done minimally invasively. http://bit.ly/csjsqa. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lung cancer: Current literature revealed death from lung cancer in US is about 160,000 a year, nearly haft are women. Two kinds of lung cancer: 1)non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and 2) small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Treatment for for stage 1 &2 NSCLC is complete resection of tumor if possible, and chemo to follow if indicated. Stage 3 and 4 chemo and radiation. For SCLC chemotherapy is treatment of choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to your doctor: Depends on your health and the stage of the disease. In early stages, surgery is the best way to go. In later stages, chemotherapy is appropriate. Here it becomes way too complicated. In brief, certain tumor markers are very helpful in determining the appropriate chemotherapy to use. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Stage is key: The stage or amount of cancer present helps determine if surgery, or other treatments are the best first step. The early stages are best treated with surgery. Sometimes chemotherapy and radiation are used. There is no single way to say what is the best treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the survival rate with lung cancer? How long can you live if you have lung cancer? What is the best case scenario?
See below: Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage. If it is limited stage the treatments involve chemotherapy along with radiation and if it is extensive stage then chemotherapy is the main stay of treatment (though in some situations palliative radiation can be considered). ...Read more
What is the best way to tell a 7 and 9 yr old their beloved grammy has just been diagnosed w/ lung cancer?
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy plus minus biological agent will be the treatment in advance stage lung cancer. The type of treatment will depend on the pathology (small cell vs non small cells ( adeno, squamous, large cells etc) , and other more sophisticated biomarkers/ genetic analysis profile- ie. Egfr mutation status, alk-1, etc. See your oncologist and discuss further regarding treatment option in detail. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Where is the best place i can take my husband for stage 4 lung cancer treatment close to va east cosst?
Received a diagnosis and treatment options for stage 2 non-aggressive, not metastasized lung cancer. What is the best way to get a second opinion?
Thoracic surgeon: Find and visit a local thoracic surgeon. Maybe you can find one who would review your films and pathology reports by phone. ...Read more
Rtx/Cis: Sorry about your dad. It's a terrible disease. Currently cis platinum based chemotherapy protocols and radiotherapy protocols are used. Rare cures reported. Mostly palliative. Remission is not cure, its like a truce between the tumor and the patient. Usually fast growing. Not a surgically treated disease in that stage.Surgery only for small nodulesdx. As small cell in bx. During surgery. ...Read more
What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?
Multidisciplinary: Small cell cancer is challenging even in early stage. All small cell cancer should be treated through a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program with a targeted and individualized approach. Clinical trial enrollment when possible. The following link discusses general approach to treating nsclc and small cell, our best wishes are with you: http://goo.Gl/s6eme. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiation Esophagtis: You can use antacids to control the acid washing up from the stomach as well as meds such as nexium (esomeprazole).I also have a liquid mix that will topically numb the surface temporarily. Taking pain medicine on a regular basis say every 4 to 6 hours will help a lot. And last but not least a break from treatment is sometimes the best of all options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several different.: Radiation can cause inflammation and irritation of the esophagus which can lead to secondary fungal infections. Long term it is possible the esophagus will develop scar and feelings of food getting stuck. Remedies include liquid medicine for inflammation and fungal infection. For strictures endoscopy with dilation. And of course pain medicine is always helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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